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KFC’s Version of the Pasta Pass Is a $75 Wing Subscription

Plus, minority fast-food workers have more erratic schedules, and more news to start your day

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

In case you wanted 528 hot wings

As football season continues, KFC is banking on their new Kentucky Fried Wings and introducing “seasoned tickets” to 500 people. Yes, they insist, the tickets actually smell like fried chicken. No, we don’t know why. For $75, ticket holders “will receive weekly offers so they can get 48 made-to-order Kentucky Fried Wings delivered to their doorstep (or restaurant pickup) every week for 10 weeks,” according to their press release. And the promotion worked—according to KFC the passes sold out in just under two hours.

AdAge calls it the “Netflix of chicken wings” (sure) and it’s not the first fast-food restaurant trying to lure customers with a subscription. Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Pass sells out every year, and in 2017 Red Robin experimented with a $99 Burger Pass. If you want to eat 48 wings every week, it seems like a great deal. Just tell us how you feel on week 10.

And in other news...

  • A new survey says non-white and women fast-food workers have more erratic schedules than their white, male co-workers. They are more likely to experience canceled shifts, shifts fewer than 11 hours apart, and “involuntary part-time work,” which makes it difficult to care for a family or make any future plans. [CNN]
  • As the entire world asks where the hell Popeyes’ chicken sandwich went, they went and introduced $5 Voodoo tenders. Not the time, guys! [Popeyes/Yahoo]
  • Nestlé is struggling to sell its bottled water, because of rising competition and concern over single-use plastic. Sourcing water in ways that ruin the environment can’t help. [WSJ]
  • California’s Governor signed a law making it legal to eat roadkill. “This potentially translates into hundreds of thousands of pounds of healthy meat that could be used to feed those in need,” says the law. [CBS Los Angeles]
  • Family Circle magazine is shutting down. It was founded in 1932 as a grocery store circular, and was one of the “Seven Sisters” of magazines that focused on recipes, entertaining, and homemaking. [NY Post]
  • Here’s where all the bamboo chopsticks come from. [Atlas Obscura]
  • “Restaurants and cafés are in many ways the lifeblood of espionage,” is a sentence that exists in a new book about the CIA and spycraft. [NPR]
  • This month, if you get a parking ticket in Las Vegas, you can pay for it with a food donation. [CNN]
  • After being deported, chef Christian Morales opened a taqueria in Seoul. [LA Times]

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